Agenda: Thursday, April 14, 2005

Noon Registration and Badge Pick-up Opens

Attire for COFES is weekend casual (no suits); shirts with collars; sandals or sneakers. Shorts are okay.

Noon -
6:00 PM
Income Tax Extensions

In recognition of the impending deadline of April 15, Cyon Research has arranged for a tax specialist to be on hand to help file an extension for those who couldn't quite get it done before COFES.

Special Session: Executive Briefing on Visual Journalism

Eileen Clegg
Visual Insight

Executive briefing on visual journalism. What is it. Why it matters. What you need to know to take advantage of it. 

On the walls surrounding the COFES sessions, murals will be unfolding on 4’ by 8’ paper to document the presentations and discussions among presenters and participants. The murals serve as tools for communicating the “gestalt” of abstract ideas, opening further discussion, and recording group memory.  Visual journalist Eileen Clegg will create these visuals to capture out the tacit knowledge, intuition, unspoken themes, and creative ideas of the COFES event.  The murals will then be digitally photographed for the COFES website.

Why visuals? As cognitive psychology explains more of the mystery behind how images work on the human brain, visual communication increasingly is understood as a powerful strategic tool for organizations. Researchers have found through empirical studies that people can more quickly integrate and act on information when it is presented visually. Graphics function to create a literal “space” for information in a way that allows people to see patterns and relationships between ideas. COFES participants will have the opportunity to use visuals to see their own group-thinking, while becoming acquainted with this future-oriented communication tool.

Special Session: A European Perspective

Peter Thorne

A European view of the Engineering Software market, including macroeconomic issues, business trends, industry initiatives, and user buying trends.  The focus will be opportunities and topics that differentiate Europe.

The market for Engineering Software is global. From the European perspective:  Do global products meet the needs and expectations of European engineers?  What are the opportunities in Europe; are there any unique hotspots?  Is support for multiple languages all that you need to be successful in European markets?  Why is the European Commission supporting an initiative called “Manufuture”?  Is “Eastern Europe” a place for low cost production like China?

In this session, Peter will review these questions and more by presenting some facts and figures about European Engineering Software markets, and discussing the theory and practice of creating, selling and using Engineering Software in Europe.

Welcome Reception

Bring your spouse and join all COFES attendees and sponsors for this afternoon social.

6:00 -
Business Reception and Technology Suite Open House 
Sponsored by Microsoft

Meet the vendors that make COFES possible. Technology Suites have been set up for you to discuss corporate direction, business development, and potential partnerships. They are NOT demo rooms—the vendors are here to talk, not sell. This is your opportunity to sign up for appointment time slots.

Music, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

COFES2005 Opening Intro 

Welcome, introductions, orientation, and schedule.